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Bikecentennial celebrates 40 years in 2016

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It’s surprising to me that we’re closing in on the 40-year anniversary of Bikecentennial — an event that has launched hundreds of thousands of bicyclists to ride across the US.

The original Bikecentennial coincided with the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976. That first year, some 4,100 bicyclists took up the challenge to ride between Reedsport, Oregon, …

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Trailer for Trans Am Bike Race film — “Inspired to Ride”

You might remember that last summer some 45 bicyclists took off from Oregon for the first-ever self-contained cross-country bicycle race — The Trans Am Bike Race. No drafting. No sag wagons. No support teams.

Fortunately, a team of filmmakers followed some of them. Here’s a just-released trailer of their film, entitled “Inspired to Ride,” based on the race. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/25/trailer-for-trans-am-bike-race-film-inspired-to-ride/

Films promote Montana to bicycle travelers

As spring nears, it’s time to consider when and where you’ll set out for a bicycling adventure this summer. You might want to consider the mountains and valley of the Big Sky state.

A series of films posted at the Epic Montana site on Youtube is promoting the many outdoor pursuits in the state. Among …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/13/films-promote-montana-to-bicycle-travelers/

Bike touring scholarships offered by Adventure Cycling Association

Scholarship poster

If you can earn a scholarship to attend college, why not for other types of higher learning — such as bicycle touring?

The Adventure Cycling Association is offering two scholarships for young adults aged 18-25 to attend one of its educational courses this year.

The recipients will receive the costs of traveling to the course …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/14/bike-touring-scholarships-offered-by-adventure-cycling-association/

Vintage global bicycle tour photos on display at UCLA

Image from the Sachtleben Allen expedition

We’ve all probably seen photos, slides and digital images taken on bicycle tours. But an exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA displays amazing photographs taken by two early bicycle explorers traveling in the Middle East more than 100 years ago.

Entitled “Round Trip: Bicycle Asia Minor 1891″, the exhibition features photos taken by  Americans William Sachtleben …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/09/vintage-global-bicycle-tour-photos-on-display-at-ucla/

Images from a four-continent bicycle tour

Selected pages from Bicycle Around the World

The global bicycle travels of  photographer Paul Jeurissen and writer Grace Johnson are presented in photos in a newly released, free e-book entitled “Bicycling Around the World.”

“Wherever we go, we search out bike culture, dramatic landscapes and remote places,” Grace writes. “By the end of this book, we hope you’ll agree that the world …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/04/images-from-a-four-continent-bicycle-tour/

Day 45 – This “health” beverage tastes better than Gatorade

PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLO. -We hooked up with a German couple on the road today who taught us about a new health drink, although we have yet to try it while cycling.

We packed up early at the hostel in Durango and took off. Anymore, I always feel better being back on the road, no matter how much I needed a rest day. Today we're following a new map behind the clear window in my handlebar bag. We're long-finished with the traditional Bikecentennial maps — that route veered north somewhere after Pueblo. We're on the Great Parks South Bicycle Route Extension map. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/26/day-45-this-health-beverage-tastes-better-than-gatorade/

Day 43 – By bike and train over San Juans

DURANGO, COLO. – I can't imagine a better day bicycling, even though it did include several hours on a narrow gauge railroad.

The climb up Red Mountain Pass is a monster. It's a 13-mile ride from Ouray and rises from 7,706-foot elevation to 11,018 feet. It took us 3 and a half hours, partly because of the climb and partly because of the scenery – which we were all too happy to admire as we caught our breath.

We climbed switchbacks out of Ouray, which was surrounded by lofty cliffs, ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/24/day-43-by-bike-and-train-over-san-juans/

Trans Am Bike Race leader crosses into Virginia

Sunday morning round-up at Trackleaders.com

The leader of the unsupported Trans America Bike Race crossed into Virginia Sunday morning, just 15 days after setting off from Astoria, Oregon.

This is the last leg of the race for Mike Hall, 33, of Harrogate, UK. He still has to cross a series of Appalachian hills and valleys on the Trans America Bicycle Route …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/22/trans-am-bike-race-leader-crosses-into-virginia/

1984 Bike Tour: Day 40 – Running the Arkansas River, upstream


MAYSVILLE, COLO. – The climbing begins in earnest today, but we start with a long, cold, downhill after crossing the Silver Bridge, touted as the world's highest suspension bridge. The winding road takes us back down to the elevation of the Arkansas River.

Along US 50, huge red outcroppings of rock towered over the road. The river rushed alongside. We could hear it as we pedaled upstream on the gentle grade. Down here we could look up the valleys sometimes and see snow-capped peaks …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/21/1984-bike-tour-day-40-running-the-arkansas-river-upstream/

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